Gladys Msele

Gladys Msele was born on May 20, 1966, at Emadolobheni, in KwaZulu-Natal.

She did her education at Sizathina High School, where she got her standard nine, and left at the end of 1983. Gladys is single, and has four children.

She heard about Ardmore through Beatrice Nyembe and asked Fée Halsted to teach her to be a painter.

Gladys started with Ardmore in 1993 and has been part of the studio ever since, moving from the Drakensberg studio to Caversham in 2009.

At the ‘Berg studio she painted alongside Mavis Shabalala, Thembi Zikala and Ottilia Nxumalo. Since 2009, she has worked alongside Rosemary Mazibuko and Matrina Xaba.

Gladys’s painting is bold, direct, bright and beautifully executed and composed. Her works have a great appeal to collectors and she prefers to work on a white background which brings out the clarity of her designs.

In 2014 her blue Tanzanite series of animals winged their way to Miami for Pascoe & Co.’s WMODA show in Florida.

1996


Meklenberg Groote Schuur, Cape Town

1997


State President's Guest HouseBryntirion Estate, Pretoria

Catalyst GalleryJohannesburg

1998


Ardmore ExhibitionSA Embassy Residence, Bonn, Germany

Ardmore ExhibitionMarl Concert Hall, Marl, Germany

Ardmore ExhibitionSiegen, Germany

Ardmore ExhibitionThyssen Forum, Dusseldorf, Germany

Everard Read GalleryJohannesburg

1999


Bordeaux St GalleryFranschhoek, Western Cape

Gallery on TyroneJohannesburg

2000


ABSA BankJohannesburg

2001


International Ceramic Arts FestivalWales

Hospice ExhibitionJohannesburg

SA Embassy ExhibitionKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2002


Charles Greig JewellersHyde Park, Johannesburg

2003


Christie’s ExhibitionLondon

2004


Christie’s AuctionLondon

City Arts CouncilEdinburgh, Scotland

‘Men of Ardmore’Gallery on the Square, Johannesburg

2005


Private ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

Charles GreigHyde Park, Johannesburg

2007


Christie’s AuctionLondon

2008


Groote SchuurCape Town

2009


Ardmore ExhibitionHigh Commissioner, Highveld, London

2010


‘African Travellers’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2011


‘Ardmore Aviary’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

2012


‘Endangered Animals’Patrick Mavros, London

NAADA (National Antiques & Decorative Arts) FaireJohannesburg

Fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

Fabric and book launch: 'Ardmore, We Are Because of Others'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

‘Safari Week’Patrick Mavros, London

2013


Pascoe & Co.Florida, United States

‘Monkeys and Magnolias’Patrick Mavros, London

Gallery Isabelle TurquinParis, France

Journee des CeramiquesSt Sulpice, Paris, France

Hermanus Fyn ArtsHermanus, Western Cape

'Animal Stories'Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada

‘Just So Crocodiles and Other Curiosities’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

‘Safari Week’Patrick Mavros, London

Patrick MavrosHarare, Zimbabwe

2014


Ed PascoeMiami, Florida, United States

‘Great Herds of Africa’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘Great Herds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, London

‘Inspired by the Ocean’Fyn Arts, Hermanus, Western Cape

‘Birds of Africa’Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

‘Great Herds’Patrick Mavros, Nairobi, Kenya

‘Birds of Africa’Patrick Mavros, Harare, Zimbabwe

2015


WMODA Pascoe & Co., Florida, United States

‘Animal Botanical’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

2016


‘Kalahari Cats’Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town

‘The Great Zambezi’Patrick Mavros, London

'Celebrating the Year of the Monkey'Charles Greig, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

2017


'The Great Zambezi'Cellars-Hohenot, Cape Town